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Updated: August 30, 2013 23:47 IST

Pak bans voice and sms chat packages citing moral values

Meena Menon
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In the past five years, Pakistan has witnessed a boom in the cellular industry with the number of mobile phone users increasing dramatically. File photo.
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In the past five years, Pakistan has witnessed a boom in the cellular industry with the number of mobile phone users increasing dramatically. File photo.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) consumer protection directorate has ordered cellular mobile operators to immediately stop all kinds of chat packages including voice and sms at any time of the day.

A statement titled ‘Directive relating to CMTOs (Cellular Mobile Telephone Operators) contrary to moral values of society”, of the PTA said a comprehensive survey had been launched by the PTA zonal offices and services division to verify implementation of a directive it had issued on November 14, 2012. The survey revealed that the chat packages are still in operation under different names. It noted the violation of the directive with concern.

Keeping this in mind all cellular mobile operators are directed to stop all kinds of packages voice and sms irrespective of the time of day and submit compliance by September 2, 2013 positively.

Initially the PTA had banned night packages last year but the mobile phone operators went to the Islamabad high court to oppose it. A news report said that the petition was withdrawn after the PTA submitted transcripts of conversations with “obscene” content. A case is also pending in the Supreme Court. The industry has reacted with dismay at the latest order.

This is very right decision, now the authorities should strictly manage this decision to save the future of youth

from:  Shaheen
Posted on: Sep 2, 2013 at 10:34 IST

The views of people who have made comments in this page are more disturbing to me
than the original article :D.

from:  ganesh s
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 23:39 IST

woW..great i am fully agreed with this decision , its a great move for our upcoming generation . i support the Ban.

from:  Atiq
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 13:13 IST

its right decission bcs our society has damaged no one knows about islam
i fully agree thanks for this banned

from:  M.SHOAIB
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 10:36 IST
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